Stokes struggles with bat and ball in Canterbury debut

Following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board, Hales can expect to be considered when the Ashes tourists pick their squad for the limited-overs leg of their Australia trip following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test

Following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board, Hales can expect to be considered when the Ashes tourists pick their squad for the limited-overs leg of their Australia trip following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test

Ben Stokes endured a torrid time with bat and ball as he suffered defeat on his Canterbury debut against Otago in New Zealand's 50-over Ford Trophy.

Stokes, 26, has not played since being arrested after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

He is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand, but he remains suspended from national duty.

Batting at number four, Stokes lasted only seven balls and contributed just two runs towards Canterbury's 221.

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The Crown Prosecution Service have been handed Stokes's case by Somerset and Avon Police.

Stokes scored two with a pull before he was bowled via an inside edge playing back to slow left-armer Anaru Kitchen at the Mainpower Oval.

Having made a strong start to their pursuit of 222 with an opening stand of 175, Otago's middle order collapsed, leaving them on 198 for 7 with six overs remaining.

Stokes, meanwhile, appeared to hurt his side during his Canterbury bow, although he is expected to be fit to face Auckland Aces on Wednesday.

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Durham's Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket.

Following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Hales can expect to be considered when the Ashes tourists pick their squad for the limited-overs leg of their Australia trip following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test in Adelaide.

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